Friendship Tags: friendship


Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person.

Having neither to weigh thoughts

Nor measure words, but pouring them

all right out, just as they are –

Chaff and grain together –

Certain that a faithful hand will

Take and sift them,

Keeping what is worth keeping,

And with a breath of kindness

Blow the rest away.

Dick in St. Petersburg, Fla

Sent in to Dear Abby.

Stop and think today – Could I be this kind of friend?



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Do The Next Thing Tags: Homemaking mother overwhelm wife

Do the next thing, Elizabeth Elliot

Elizabeth Elliot has long been a favorite author of mine. That is where I first heard this poem. During my years as a wife, mother, and homeschool mom, it has come to my mind often and been applied to whatever overwhelming situation I find myself in. Let me know if you find it helpful too. Blessings...

Do The Next Thing

From an old English parsonage,
Down by the sea,
There came in the twilight,
A message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend,
Deeply engraven,
Hath, as it seems to me,
Teaching from Heaven.
And on through the hours
The quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration-

Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment,
Let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity,
Guidance, are given.
Fear not tomorrows,
Child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus,

Do it immediately;
Do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence,
Tracing His Hand,
Who placed it before thee with
Earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence,
Safe 'neath His wing,
Leave all resultings,

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
(Working or suffering)
Be thy demeanor,
In His dear presence,
The rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance
Be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness,
Praise and sing,
Then, as He beckons thee,

-Author unknown

"In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me." Psalm 120:1 KJV

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Don't Let Summer Run Out Without Wonder, Discover and FUN!
Category: Parenting
Tags: Parenting Summer Slide Books to keep


It's hard for me to believe but tomorrow is August 1st. Where has Summer 2017 gone? ...Well, it's not quite over yet and it's not too late to create a 'Summer of Wonder, Discover and Fun' in your home and Rebecca Kachenderfer (CEO of has written a book that will help you do just that!

This book is truly a guide to follow if you are looking to create and find imaginative play environments for your children which will get (and keep) their creative juices stirring during Summer break.

The SUMMER SLIDE is a true phenomenon. Skills taught the year before can be easily forgotten from June through August. Research has shown that students typically lose about two months of grade level equivalency in Math skills over the summer months and reading skills decline as well. Rebecca doesn't want this happening your you kids and I'm sure you don't either.

She reminds us that teachers are continually saying the first month of school every year is more of a review just to bring students back to where they need to be. This is not just a public school issue but a homeschooling one as well.

Unless you homeschool year-round, the summer slide can and will happen if you do not purposefully engage your children throughout any 'school break'.

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn" - Benjamin Franklin

So, if you aren't homeschooling year round, how can THE SUMMERTIME SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS be helpful to you?

  • Chapter 1: Learn more about the Summer Slide and what parents like yourself have learned over time about it.
  • Chapter 2: Learn how to put the focus this summer on FUN.
  • Chapter 3: Learn creative ways to organize your home (and car) for summer learning.
  • Chapter 4: Learn how to personalize the fun based on your own child's learning style. (If you are not familiar with learning styles, this will be a great tool for you even during the school year!)
  • Chapter 5: Learn about typical obstacles that pop-up during the summer and how to deal with them.
  • Chapter 6: You'll be given a list of 101 thing to do this summer!
  • Chapter 7: Learn valuable tips to help you navigate most every family circumstance that may arise during the summer.
  • Chapter 8: You'll be given some valuable information and resources about how your child can 'change the world'.
  • Chapter 9: Learn everything you need to know about summer camps.
  • Chapter 10: Rebecca titled this chapter 'The Best Summertime Survival Resource Guide' and I think you'll agree when you read all of the many FREE resources she gives to you. It's packed with resources that you'll use throughout the year!

After reading it, I can honestly say that I wish I had this resource when my son was still in school! Rebecca's goal in this book is to help you through the summer months but it is truly a book that will be a year-round resource for you!

This is a book you'll not want to put on a shelf once summer is over. There are so many helpful tips, thoughtful, inspiring ideas and FREE resources that you'll use this book throughout the year, year after year.

THE SUMMERTIME SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS is currently for sale on Amazon (paperback $9.95 and on Kindle for only $0.99)



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